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Instagram will use video selfies to guess your age, ask people to vouch for you

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Today Meta announced that the company is beginning to test new ways to verify the age of Instagram users in the US. There is a specific scenario where these three new options are being tested, and it involves people celebrating their 18th birthday.

“If someone tries to edit their date of birth on Instagram from under the age of 18 to 18 or older, we ask them to verify their age using one of three options: upload their ID, record a video selfie, or request mutual friends to verify their age,” reads part of the official announcement.

Instagram requires people to enter their age when they first sign up, and the minimum age for a person to create an account is 13 (it’s even higher in some countries). The idea is to tailor the content to the different age groups and protect teenagers (13-17 years) from harmful content.

Uploading your ID may not be the perfect way to do this, which is why Instagram is testing two additional options: the aforementioned selfie video and something called “social vouching.” The selfie video feature relies on AI algorithms to guess the age of the person signing up or logging in (Meta is partnering with Yoti – a company specializing in age verification technology) for this. Here’s Meta’s explanation of the procedure involved:

The second option is even more interesting: social security. Instagram users can ask three already verified users over the age of 18 to vouch for them. Here’s how it would work:

The changes are already rolling out to select test groups in the US and will be coming to all Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. What do you think about it? Do you think an AI can guess your age or is this just a recipe for a massive social reaction?

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